Ford Custom Updated for 2018
Faced with strong competition from the likes of the Mercedes Vito, Volkswagenís T6 Transporter and the Vauxhall Vivaro, amongst many others, Fordís 1-tonne Transit Custom needed a bit of work to remain fresh and the Ford Transit Custom 2018 has been transformed.
The Transit outsells all of its rivals, which mitigates the need to make too much of an effort in facelifting the van, but that memo doesnít seem to have got to Fordís HQ. The Custom, despite its sales lead, has been heavily revised for 2018, taking its lead from the car side of the business to produce something thatís altogether more pleasant while still retaining the load-lugging virtues the vehicle is famous for.
The front end now resembles the new Ford Fiesta, and thatís no bad thing, with the wide grille being surrounded by adaptive cornering headlights with LED daytime running lights, at least on this high-spec Trend model.
Inside sees the greatest transformation with the cabin being positively car-like in its ambience. Gone is the scatter-gun approach to buttons on the dashboard, with most functions working from an eight-inch touchscreen system mounted high on the centre stack.
An extra 25 litres of storage has been squeezed in around the dashboard, with three large bins beneath the windscreen. Extra cup and bottle holders sit left, right and centre, while the door pockets and glove box have been expanded.
Safety technology has been added by the bucket load, with a speed-limiting speed assist option, blind spot warning, cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and prec-collision assist with pedestrian detection, amongst other things.
Engine choice remain the same as before, with a 2.0-litre turbo diesel EcoBlue engine available in 105, 130 or 170hp variants. Thereíll be a petrol-hybrid coming along in 2019, but for now itís just traditional diesel options, or a lean-burn ECOnetic choice that matches the 105hp output but promises up to 49.6mpg, with peak torque on all choices coming in at around 1,500rpm.
And, as before, the Transit Custom is available in a range of body styles to keep most businesses happy, with two body lengths, two roof heights, three passenger configurations, and various payloads of up to 1,450kg.
Source: Business Van
Added: 8th December 2017